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MikvahVersary-And a New Name!

Posted by: erika on: August 17, 2016

Five years ago today I became a Jew. It seems like forever ago and like I’ve been Jewish my whole life. I have fond memories of Christmas, enjoyed getting new Cabbage Patch dolls for Easter, Jesus is alright with me, but being Jewish fills my neshema, my soul. It’s who I am and it’s hard […]

It’s really happening.  In 19 18days I will join the covenant of the Jewish people.  Let me just say it-it’s a bit scary but, at least I’m not a man 😉  All joking aside, it’s becoming so real and I’m having all sorts of panic and anxiety.  Not about my fate of Becoming Jewish, but of what happens […]

What’s in a Hebrew Name-Change?

Posted by: erika on: July 9, 2011

I’ve narrowed my list of 12 Hebrew Name options down to 7(8).  Which means I’ve barely narrowed it down.  My sister is a few weeks away from giving birth to my third nephew.  I don’t talk about our relationship a lot here because it’s private, but suffice to say that it is at times difficult.  […]

Hebrew Name Change?

Posted by: erika on: June 30, 2011

One of the things that converts to Judaism must decide on is a Hebrew name.  It is one of those awesome and unsettling things similar to the feeling of actually becoming Jewish.  There is a bright and wonderful future ahead of me.  When I look into the lens of my Jewish future I see connection […]

According to the BBC News the rapper Shyne, from P-Diddy nightclub shooting fame has emerged from his 10 year jail sentence as a Chasidic Jew.  Born of an Ethiopian Jewish mother in Belize, Shyne, or Moshe ben David-his Hebrew name, decided to put down the guns and pick up the Torah while in prison.  I’ll be honest, I have […]

Tonight in conversion class we learned all about the Bris ceremony, baby naming, and the whys behind them all.  On the way home I decided to listen to my Jewish/Hebrew music playlist on my iPod.  I haven’t been to synagogue in almost a month and honestly, I miss it a lot.  I wanted to listen […]


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